Local Quilt Show-Part 2

Here are more  pictures from a local Quilt Show, that happened in September.

Once again, I warn you that there are alot of photos, so you may want to

grab a hot beverage, sit back, relax and enjoy the Show.

I love the colors and straight lines of this quilt.

Sew Kind of Wonderful

A Sew Kind of Wonderful ruler was used to create this quilt. I love the pattern and quilting  of this

quilt.

Kerry Burke’s Quilt

Kerry Burke is a local lady who is quite the accomplished appliquer. Whatever she touches

seems to turn into gold. This quilt just won at Quilt Canada, 2018. Congrats Kerry!

Rose’s quilting

Another local lady, Rose  is also an accomplished longarmer. She quilted this for Kerry and did

and did a fantastic job. Congrats Rose!

I love the pebbles and swags stitched onto the quilt.

Brenda’s wallhanging

Brenda is also a very accomplished appliquer and piecer as well. It seems that she also

has a very good eye for color. Love, love. love the flowers here.

It is nice to see close ups of the pieces.

I think this is a Mary Jane Quilt. Look at all those blocks and how tiny they are.

Someone has alot of patience as well as skill at piecing.

The individual blocks are really quite outstanding.

Maple Leaves

I am wondering if Shiva Paintsticks were used to add some color to the Maple Leaves?

Helen’s Wallhanging

This is a tribute to Vimy Ridge, created by Helen.

The embroidered flowers are quite spectacular. Well done, Helen!

Hummingbirds Wallhanging

I love the colors of this piece too.

Look at all that texture!  I have a similar panel that I want to quilt but we will have to

wait and see how long that takes me to get to it.

There were also rug hookers at the Show and here is a sample of what they have been

working on this past year. They also made pieces that reflect Mary Jane Quilts only hooked

into rugs.

A very modern piece.

Winter Wallhanging

I love snowmen and this piece looks like a lot of fun to make.

The skates had actual laces attached to them. And don’t overlook those buttons either.

Cottages

These cottages look like alot of fun as well. Could use one right about now.

Donna quilted this quilt but I am unsure if she made it.

I really love the quilting on this piece, especially in the black center area.

Kaffe Fassett Fabrics

Look at all that color! It definitely must be Kaffe Fassett fabric.

Boxes

I hope that the creators of these quilts do not mind me labelling their quilts. If so, please

forgive me. I didn’t take shots of the labels for each quilt as I went through the Show.

Sue Garman Quilt

Look at all those pieces and how well it was executed!! Wow! This Sue Garman Quilt is

not for the faint of heart. Well done!

Butterflies

A very pretty vintage butterfly quilt and it is hand quilted too. Wow!!

Embroidered Quilt

Once again, embroidered quilts are making quite a mark in the quilting world.

Bargello Quilt

Drunkard’s Path

I love the look of the Drunkard’s Path Quilts. I have never made one but maybe it is time.

Hexie Quilt

Floral Quilt

I don’t know the name of this block but if anyone does, feel free to let me know what it is.

Thanks.

Kathy McNeil Quilt

I think that this pattern is a Kathy McNeil Quilt. She is winning alot of prizes with

her quilts that depict the Alphabet. So cute too.

Colorful Hexies

I love the colors of this quilt! Wow! I can’t imagine how many hours went into making this

quilt. And each piece is a hexie too. And then, to further complicate matters, each one has to

go into a specific spot. Wow!

A close up of the actual quilt. I think that I would be pulling out my hair when the placements

for all the pieces were to be done.

Maple Leaves

How can you go wrong with Maple Leaves?

Disappearing 9 Patch?

I know that this isn’t the correct name so someone enlighten me. The colors are

really spectacular , reminds me of the fall colors.

Alphabet Quilt

My husband gave me a Scan and Cut, several years ago. I thought I should use it so I did.

My daughter and I cut out all the shapes and fused them on. The outer border stumped me

for a while but then the Alphabet Song popped into my head one day, and voila, I had the

border figured out. I love pebbles, so that is what is stitched all over the outer border.

Sample Quilt

I love this wallhanging but would not want to see that outside of my window.

Suzanne’s Quilt

Suzanne is another local longarmer and she created this quilt. I love the colors in it and she

quilted the designs by freehand. That means that she had lots of fun playing and creating the

designs as she stitched.

A close up of the stitching.

I hope you enjoyed the Show, have a great week and happy stitching.

An Applique Quilt..

This is Lynn’s beautiful applique quilt that I have been working on

for several weeks. Kerry Burke, over at Simple Bird Applique, is the

designer of the pattern.

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Here is the completed quilt. I will show you pictures of

each block and how I came up with the design idea for each

one.

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Because the hummingbird is so fast flying, I thought that

wavy lines might depict movement of the hummingbird’s

wings.

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The lines of each block has a nice curvy edge so I thought

that it would work on the inside edge of each block.  I

stitched this line in each of the blocks, so that it ties all

the blocks together.

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Another gorgeous block.  I used a  clear monofilament thread

for all the SID work. I usually do all the ditch work first so I can

get to the fun part of filling in all the designs and the background

fills.

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For the background fill, I used an allover with lots of

designs: feathers, swirls, and circles.

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The background fill consists of feathers around the outer

edge and a small swirl. I used a light blue polyester

thread for the top and the backing.

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The chick and butterflies really feel  airy to me.

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These are the wavy lines encircling the butterflies.

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The middle section has straight horizontal lines in

the middle of the block.

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This vase also has some feathers in the background as

well.  It has some nice swirly  stitching in it as well.

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The Vase Block

A close up of the stitching.

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I love the apples, the barrel, leaves and robin.

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Feathers were stitched around the outer edge again and

swirls were stitched in the background.

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Poinsettas in a vase.

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More close up pictures.

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I love the sunflower  and the cat tails. Straight lines are

stitched in the inside area and pebbles. Lynn really loves

pebbles so I had to add them in somewhere.

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The sunflower and cat tails block.

Don’t you just love the squirrel and the leaves?

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This is one of my favorite blocks. All I could think about was seeds so

that is what I stitched into the background.

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The squirrel and acorns.

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This is also one of my favorite blocks, as well. I wanted it to

look like a winter’s snow storm.  Can you see the swirls?

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Pinecones and Poinsetta

The middle section has straight vertical lines in the middle. Can you

tell that I love straight lines?

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The backing

The backing fabric is great for hiding all the stops and starts.

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Here is a close up of the background fabric.

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The outside border

The outside border fill is really a mish mash of all the background fills

used in the various blocks.

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When I get bored with one fill, I just start another design. And of course,

I had to add feathers to the border.

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This is the inside section on the quilt;  I really love the big

pink rose and the butterfly. In the middle section, I stitched

in a butterfly, a leaf and another flower.

Have a great week!

 

Some of my projects & ufo’s…

At the beginning of the year, I made a resolution to take time to

create some quilts for myself. So, this summer, I am still trying

to follow my own advice. Here are some of my projects and

ufo’s that I am trying to complete so that I can actually quilt

and finish them up – this year.

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This top was actually created by one of my customers. She was

wanting to quilt it and sell it, so I bought it from her, un-quilted.

I do have some plans for this one but am waiting for the time to

quilt it.

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A CrabApple Hill design

I love snowmen and what better way to show them off than

with a hand embroidered quilt.

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It has only taken me 2 years to complete but at least it is

done now. As usual, I do have plans of how I will quilt this

one as well.  Hoping that the pictures in my head look as good

on the quilt top.

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Nancy Halverson designed this quilt.  The blue turquoise color

is what drew me to it; that color is currently my favorite. Last

year, it was orange. Can you believe that?  I wonder what next

year will bring?

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From Deauville to Cape Cod

Sharon, over at Scrap,Quilt, Sew, designed this top. I fell in

love with it and it has only taken me several years to make as

well. Seems to be a trend with me.  At least I am getting

some done and ready for the quilting stage. Hopefully, it

won’t take me 2 years to quilt.

Even though it is hot and the kids are home from school, I

am still trying to quilt for some customers. Expectant babies

always give you a push (I know, it’s a bad pun) to make sure

that their arrival is met with a quilt.

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Evelyn did a beautiful job making these 2 quilts for an

upcoming baby. She is a new quilter too, so hats off to her

for completing 2 baby quilts and having them done before

the baby even arrives.

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2nd baby quilt

We used a light yellow polyester thread for the top and the

backing. “Flirtatous” is the name of the quilting design. It

is a popular design, as it is very versatile and fun.

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The backing

The backing is really a brown color but it shows up as

a light purple color on my monitor.

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The swirls are easy to see and so much fun.

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Evelyn’s 2nd quilt

Evelyn created this second quilt, in preparation for

the baby and whether it is a boy or a girl.

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This time we used a light brown polyester thread for the

top and the backing; the same quilting design was used as well.

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The backing

The backing shows off the quilting nicely.

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A close up of the back of the quilt and the stitching.

I wanted to send out an official congratulations to Kerry

Burke, over at Simple Bird Applique. She is now an

official teacher at the Applique Academy.

She recently won 1st place at Quilt Canada, 2016, for

her “Friends of Baltimore” applique quilt.

Can I brag a little here?

I actually quilted her quilt last summer for her.

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She is a very talented lady. Congrats again, Kerry!! It is

great to see Canadian quilters leaving their mark (or

stitch) on the world. Ok, another bad pun.

Have a great week!

I’m back!!

For those of you who have been following my blog regularly, you

know that I try to post weekly. Last week I missed because I was

away on a cruise to the Bahamas with my family. Yes, I  have it

rough!!

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This is where I lived last week, along with my family.

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And this is where I was staying for several days. How can

you not love the sunshine? The heat is a different matter though.

You have got to love AirMiles. I had enough saved up for my

whole family to stay overnight at an hotel before the Cruise began

as well as the Air Miles  covering all of us getting onto the boat. A sweet deal

indeed.

If you have AirMIles, please check the expiry date, they now

come with an expiry date-crazy or what? My expiry date is coming up at the

end of Dec, 2015, so I didn’t want to waste or lose them. I urge you to check

out the expiry date of your Air Miles too.

Back to the important stuff.  I did promise pictures of the front of

Kerry’s “Friends of Baltimore” Quilt. And Kerry  (Simple Bird Studio)

loved her quilt, by the way. I am glad because I find it very stressful

when the owners come to pick up their prized possessions. I want

them to be happy with the finished product.

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Once again, the front of the unquilted “Friends of Baltimore.”

Due to the large number of blocks(16 in total) I will show you

the first 2 rows with close ups.

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Each block has a different background fill. Sees are the fill here because

the block  felt like Autumn to me.  So, I stitched in seeds in the outside

of the circular wreath.

Inside the wreath, I stitched in circles to mash down the background and

help the applique puff up a bit more. This is one of Cindy Needham’s

tricks of the trade.

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You can see the seeds alot better here.

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This block stumped me for the longest time in trying to design it.

In the end, I went with feathers around the base of the vase and dressed

them up a bit with some stitching inside each feather.  Straight lines

were added as well as diagonal lines to  look like an herringbone

pattern.

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Kerry didn’t want any pebbling in the quilting but I had to throw in

some pebbles along the outside edge of the block. It does dress it up nicely.

 

I love the floral bouquet in this block. I wanted to dress it up so

I marked off a diagonal grid,  stitched in swirls, and then filled in

the curved grid. I love the look of this block-very classy.

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As you can see, I am constantly checking out what other longarmers

are doing, scanning Pinterest, and Quilt Shows to keep up with

trends in the Quilting Industry. It does take time but it is fun to

check it out and then try it for myself.

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Ah, the anchor. What to do with this one?  I thought of sailors

and what they used on the high sees. A compass came to mind and

thus the Mariner’s Compass in the block.

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I also thought of rope and voila!!  McTavishing was used outside the

rope border and  circular stitching inside the block.

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I love the leaves in this wreath!! It must have been very challenging to

applique though. I used another diagonal grid, marked it with an air

soluble pen and stitched out the straight lines in the grid first and then

filled in the grid.  I have some stencils on hand so it makes  marking the

blocks quick and accurate.

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As you have noticed thus far, this applique quilt has alot of colors

in it. Instead of changing thread colors constantly, I chose both a clear

and monofilament thread and stitched around all the pieces  of the

applique. It is a bit shiny but not that noticable when the whole

quilt is completed. It also keeps the back tidy and no colored

threads  showing through to the backing.

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In the center, I quilted in circular stitching and made some waves under the

boat. On the outside of the boat, I made circular swirls.

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This boat is really going through quite a quilted storm. Glad that

the boat I was on didn’t experience that kind of turbulence. And no,

I didn’t get sea sick. After I got home though, I still felt the gentle

swaying of the boat for several days.

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What a gorgeous block and vase!! I can not imagine the time that it

took Kerry to make this block alone. Again, I opted for a

diagonal grid pattern.

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I marked the lines, stitched them in and then filled it with straight

lines. You will notice that even the sashing was SID and has stitching in

it as well. In the little blue triangles, I used a dark monofilament thread

because the blue polyester thread kept showing up on the back of the quilt.

After all that hard work, I couldn’t let that happen. The monofilament thread

seems magical in that it seems to transform and take on whatever color

it is stitched on.

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Due to all the grid work, I wanted a different design in this block.

I took out my arc rulers and this is what happened. Yes, I know the

bird is upside down.

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On the inside of the block, there is circular stitching and on the

outside I quilted feathers. You can’t go wrong with feathers.

Well, I hope the wait was  worth it. I hope you enjoyed the

blocks. Which one was your favorite?

Next week, there will be 8 more to choose from.

Have a great week.

 

Friends of Baltimore-Part 1

This past week, I have been volunteering with the Barrie Fair; thus the reason

for this late entry.

All summer I have been working on this gorgeous quilt made by Kerry Burke,

over at Simple Bird Applique and designed by Sue Garman.

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I finally finished it this past week. Kerry hasn’t seen it yet, as she is picking it

up today.  Due to this fact, I will only show you several pictures that she

has seen and the backing.

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There are 16 blocks in the entire quilt and 4 borders, all of which

has been hand appliqued. Being OCD, I decided to quilt a

different design and background fill in each block.

In this block, I tried my hand at cross hatching,  in minature form.

I marked the lines with a pink air soluble pen and marked the lines

with a stencil.

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In this block, I mashed down (yes, it is a technical term) the background

and stitched in some feathers around the leaf vine for some added interest.

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Because this block has an anchor in it, I added rope around it for

added interest. A mariner’s compass (large version) was added

as well. I used McTavishing on the outside of the rope.

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The vase looks pretty ornate so feathers were screaming at me plus

Kerry wanted them too, so it was an easy choice for this block.

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Here you can see the outer appliqued border too. I pulled 3-4 different

motifs from various background fills and placed them strategically

all over the border-just kidding!!

My daughter asked me: “Mom, how do you know where to  stitch

stuff?”

My answer: ” I stitch a design in an area, when I get bored with it,

I switch and  stitch in something else.” I get bored alot.

How is that for being technical?

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I love the sailboat. What is a boat without waves?  The boat

received tons of waves, on the bottom and  all around the border

and bottom of the block.

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This basket is 3D. You’ll have to take my word for it until next

week. The outside edge of the basket is braided!! It is really neat. And

I was surprised that I could stitch right up to the edge of it.

Kerry is an amazing appliquer. All the intersections of fabric and turned

down corners were flat.  No ridges at all. That is music to my ears

because the hopping foot on my longarm didn’t get caught on those

corners or bumps at all.

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This bird has beautiful feathers and lives amidst a bunch of berrries. So I

quilted in a background fill that looks like seeds, in my mind anyways.

The block reminded me of Fall so that is why I chose seeds.

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This is the outer border. Each border has 3 different vases in it. I’m

beginning to think that I am not the only one who is OCD here (sorry Kerry).

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Did I mention that I also SID around all of the applique pieces?

I  used 2 layers of batting: top layer-wool and the bottom-a blend

of cotton and polyester (80/20). It adds alot of loft and puff to the

applique pieces and the background fills.

I used a monofilament thread for all the SID because you don’t have to

keep changing thread colors and if you make a mistake ( and accidentally

quilt on the applique piece)you can’t really see it that much so you don’t

have to pick it out and fix that loose stitch on the back.  Yeah!!

Win -win all way round.

Next week I won’t be posting but I will show you the colored

pictures after that. This quilt is a work of love and art.

Have a great week!

 

Around The World Blog Tour-Pt 2

Once again, I would like to thank Kerry, at Simple Bird Applique,

for the invitation to participate in this Around The World Blog Tour.

She does incredible  applique and is quite quick about it as well.

I have to answer 4 questions in this post, so let’s begin.

 

1. What am I working on?

Good question. I seem to have a few UFO’s lying around but this

one is at the forefront. This pattern was designed by Roxane

at Scrap, Quilt, Stitch.

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It is an adorable pattern and I joined up for the BOM.

Thus far, I have only 2 blocks done.

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I found thin white suede at The Dollar Store and it makes

a great pole for the umbrella, as well as chair legs for the

chair. I learned this trick from Kerry, at Simple Bird Applique.

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I recently finished this quilt for Isabel. She hasn’t

even seen it yet. Because it is such a traditional

pattern, I had to quilt feathers on it.

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Feathers really show up in this photo.

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This fall I was asked by Patti Carey, of Northcott,

to quilt 5 pieces for her upcoming show in Houston.

What an honor! This was my favorite Quilt of Valor

that I quilted.  The color in this quilt was stunning!

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I was really surprised that I liked the orange and

cream in this table runner too.

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Carol made this quilt. What an intricate design and the

stitching on the backing looked great too.

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I am beginning to realize that I love the texture that

the quilting creates on the backing. It has only taken

me 10 years to figure this out.

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My first modern quilt.  It went together quickly but

the quilting took a bit longer than I had anticipated.

All the open space does take a long time to fill in

with quilting.

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This is Lily of Rosenberry, designed by Sue Garman.

There are over 1,000 berries on this quilt. Yes, I am

crazy! And it took over 60 to quilt it up. Desley,

at Addicted To Quilts,  gave me permission to use

her quilting design for the quilting.

And who can resist fabric postcards?  I first discovered

fabric postcards on Monika’s blog, at My Sweet Prairie.

This one did take a bit of time due to all the thread

sketching and painting on it.

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This is a photo I took of hay bales in a farmer’s field.

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And here is my fabric postcard I made.

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2. What makes my work different from others?

I think my work naturally differs from others because

I have different likes and dislikes than others. I am

an unique individual and that makes me differ from

others and what I create different from others.

 

3. Why do I create?

I create out of trying to remain sane while taking care

of my family and home. I also create because I enjoy it.

 

4. How do I create?

Depending on what I am creating, whether a large

quilt or an art quilt, this will dictate how I make the

piece. A few years back, I made a Judy Niemeyer quilt.

Because her patterns are so complicated and precise, the

only way to make it was by paper piecing. That cured me

of paper piecing too, by the way. So, it depends on what

I am making. Kind of an elusive answer, don’t you think?

Sometimes I get frustrated with myself because I like so

may varied types of quilting. Maybe if I narrowed it down

to one or two I could be more proficient.  But then again,

I get bored easily (I know , I am a little OCD) so variety

keeps me interested.

Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to check out

Lorette at Spruce It Up Quilting. She is next on  The

World Blog Tour. I met her online and she has recently

opened up a quilt store in New Brunswick.  Distance

seems to be no boundary for the Web.

 

 

 

Around The World Blog Tour- Part 1

Kerry, over at Simple Bird Applique has asked me to participate in The Around

The World Blog Tour.  She  posted yesterday and I am due to post next Monday,

November 14th. Thank you Kerry for the invitation. I will say more in my post

next week….stay tuned.

Lynn has been a very busy little beaver.  She is such a quick and very talented quilter.

Her applique quilts are always amazing and she has the best fabric out there.

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This is a quilt that uses a panel but it is divided up into 3 sections. What a great

design idea!

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Lynn chose a panto- designed by Cheryl Barnes- for this quilt. I used a taupe

polyester thread for the top and backing.

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Another picture of the dragonflies. I love the pieced border on this quilt.

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Who can forget the backing. It is a light yellow color.  The stitching shows up

beautifully on a solid backing.

The second of Lynn’s quilts. The material in this quilt is so rich, colorful and

beautiful. It has metallic thread running through it as well.

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The angle is a little wierd but there is a peacock in the middle of the panel.  Again,

another panel that was taken apart and stitched back together so creatively. The

piecing really adds another dimension to the top.

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The peacocks are gorgeous.  This makes up the center panel.

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The borders also have gorgeous fabrics in them. Lynn did tell me where she

bought  the fabric but I can’t remember what she told me. If you want to know,

let me know and I can find out from her again.

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The backing was  a light blue color. We used a  light polyester grey thread for

the top and the backing. It did match well. A  panto by Linda Taylor was used

as well.

Here is a little change in scenery for you. This is a BOM I am doing

through Spruce It UP Quilting, in NB. The title of this wallhanging is From

Deauville to Cape Cod. The designer lives in France. I saw it on her blog

“Quilt, Stitch, Scrap.” This is the 3rd block for the year.  I found some faux

suede strips that were all  different colors.  Because they are so thin, it works

well for the umbrella pole and the chair legs.

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See you on the World Blog Tour next week.